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leave veitch author of "this town" is with us. it's a brilliant expose of how washington d.c. turns out to be exactly as awful as everyone thinks it is. but we start tonight in russia. with edward snowden, the former n.s.a. contractor turned whistle blower and also of the upcoming lonely planet terminal-d of the moscow airport. so what has he been up to apart from nothing? >> russian news agencies reported that snowden would get a special i.d. card or document of some kind that would allow him to finally leave the airport transit zone. but it turns out that the lawyer wasn't carrying any such i.d. card. he did have some fresh clothes for us, some pizza and a couple of books by check often. >> john: that's nice because nothing lightens a man's spirits like theodore. i think you'll find him in barnes and enable's misery section. take that. now you understand suffering. i've got no problem with you, checkov. no problem. but like a hotel phone ringing at 5:30 a.m. because you specifically requested it, snowden has provided a real wake-up call. (laughing). he's forced americans to examine th
. but increasingly that free press has had quite a high price tag. >> the "washington post," the city's legendary yet struggling newspaper sold to one of the country's wealthiest men, chairman jeff bezos. >> the "washington post" is is now owned by the head of amazon and its 14 print subscribers are already noticing one difference because the paper now comes in ludicrously wasteful packaging. but i will say they've made it much easier to return the news if you don't like it. still, this acquisition raises some big questions. first, how do you pronounce that guy's name? (pronouncing it differently n) i don't know. secondly, are you sure that this is a good investment? >> for 0 years the "washington post" has been owned by the grand family earning a reputation for top investigative journalism. but like most papers, it struggled over the past ten years. >> its circulation is half what it was in '93. >> it lost more than $50 million last year. >> john: oh, my god. i think i get it. this is just bezos' car wash. it's a front for a massive meth operation. say his name it's he euvment senbezos. s
of third rails. it's why you can't urinate anywhere in the washington d.c. area without getting electrocuted. that's true. that's a fact. the problem is that every single part of the tax code is in there because someone wanted it to be. if you as a politician even considered taking one out, its backers will make you pay. so you've got to think twice before going up against big hedge funds, big oil or big chicken poop. they'll get you. and what's more it's probably not just their current jobs that lawmakers are trying to protect. it's also their much more lucrative future jobs. >> in 1974, only 3% of retiring members of congress became lobbyists. today that number is 42% from members of the house and 50% for senators. >> john: i never thought i would say this: but washington really had so much more integrity back in the watergate era. ( applause ) look, all i'm saying is nowadays our lawmakers are so chicken [bleep] you could get a tax break for setting them on fire. that's not the point. here's the crazy thing. they're not wrong to be scared. which is why the credit must go here
know what is best for us here in kentucky, and we don't want to be dictated to by washington, d.c. >> for kentucky state senator damen thayer, the feds have gone too far. >> the left wing liberals in washington, d.c. think they know what's best. they hut guns. they hade haight law-abiding citizens who want to buy guns, and we fear that there will be federal gun laws that actually take away what we believe is our second amendment right to keep and bear arms. >> other than that premise being completely false, what message did you send to d.c.? the senate passed a bill that would have nullified any new federal gun law passed after january 1. >> he's talking about nullification. an age-old legislative tactic where states pass specific laws exempting themselves from federal laws. it's a flawless political technique that dozens of embracing, despite fact the supreme court made nullification laws illegal on several occasions, but that is not the point. >> barack obama lost kentucky in a landslide in 2008 and 2012. so if we disagree with those policies that we stated twice, why should o
tell people that there's always the -- in washington people have good intentions and i don't really begrudge the democrats and i don't say their motives are bad, i just say that what they are trying to do the opposite will happen. and it's kind of because we have this -- it's -- i call it the dinosaur syndrome. we have a lot of politicians that have really small brains and really big hearts and they want to do what's right but i don't think it's going to work. >> john: right. and i'm not sitting across from a diplodonkus? >> exactly right. there's only certain politicians. >> john: but you're always intellectually consistents when it comes to the banks. let the banks fail, let the market correct itself. what is tens of millions of americans being uninsured if it's not market failure? >> well, the market has failed in health care but because of too much government not too little government. i'll give you two examples. i'm an eye surgeon. in my practice there were two things that insurance didn't cover that the price went down every year: lasik surgery to get rid of glasses went from
. >> after months, years really, of anticipation, it is happened. washington's corps flower has bloomed. a giant rainforest plant living in the u.s. bot anic gaernds is a giant flower that smells oddly like rotting flesh. >> lovely. a flower, a lovely blooming miracle of nature. sure it stinks of death, people, but at least it doesn't stink of politics. >> the corps flower is now at its peak smell that is a real thing, an will remain open for the next few days. after that the flower will begin to collapse in on itself embarking on a tra jeck other very similar to michele bachmann's congressional career. (cheers and applause) and there you go. leave it to cable news to take the smell of rotting flesh and somehowin my guest tonight curious man, please welcome neil thompson. neil, we were talking a little backstage, how is it possible that this is the first and only biography written about such a weird american man. >> such a weird american man. a brilliant weird american man. i think it just sort of is forgotten guy, this overlook lifd. i'm not sure how it happened but i'm glad i stumbled
a justice salad. >> okay. thanks very much, jason. let's hear the charges. >> in washington state accused of illegally discharging his shotgun he's using a new legal technique henceforth known as the biden defense. >> john: the biden defense? that's actually a chess move where if you're losing you just eat your opponent's queen. how has a guy who fired a shotgun got anything to do with the vice president? >> he claims he was trying to scare off would-be car prowlers but deputies say he went above the law. >> i did what joe biden told me to do. i went outside and fired my shotgun in the air. >> john: come on. he did not tell you to do that. there is no way that biden literally told you you should go and get a shotgun and fire two blasts outside your house. >> if you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun. if there's ever a problem just walk out on the balcony here, walk out, put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house. snob a little advice for trick or treatersality joe biden's house, if he's not offering you a treat, run. look, this man didn't actua
for people. my job is to be a voice for people who don't have a voice in washington. that's why i take on issues like sexual assault in the military. that's why i'm taking on issues to fighting to raise the minimum wage. we need much more regulation for the banks. we need far more transparency and accountability. congress didn't do enough. right now we have the banking committee working on a number of forms to do the next layer of things, making more capital requirements. making sure there is more disclosure. but a lot of the stuff that was done isn't even complete yet. we're still waiting from the regulators, from the sec and csec. >> you objectively know a lot more about this man me. but it becomes -- >> i like the fact that yeah, i do, yeah, i do. but it feels like, the thing that concerns me is the money and politics. chicken and egg. the opinions you have on wall street, do you get the money because you already have those opinions or do you need those opinions to get the money? >> well, i believe in publicly fundsed elections and i think we should get the money out of politics per
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